Friday, November 25, 2011

bing gives you free money

Bing has a rewards program that gives you free money for doing something you do anyway: use a search engine. And you can redeem the points for some good stuff including microsoft points, hulu plus subscriptions, and gift cards for restaurants, stores like Amazon and Target, frequent flyer miles, and even gas. It's like the early days of internet shopping all over again. You can get something for nearly nothing. And if you're not happy with the bing results, just google it.

You can sign up for bing rewards here.

top 5 for the week of 25 november 2011

1. the mary onettes - dare

2. boat club - memories

3. the pains of being pure at heart - young adult friction

4. the clientele - (i can't seem to) make you mine

5. veronica falls - wedding day

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

the new worst movie i've ever seen

Please, please don't waste your time watching "Hooking Up", now available on Netflix streaming. It "stars" Balki, Dante from "Clerks" and the annoying Corey (Feldman) plus a lot of other unknown actors in the main roles. I wasn't expecting much. A lame "American Pie" on par with "18-Year-Old-Virgin". Instead I got 90 minutes of unfunny, misogynistic nonsense and sexual abuse by Feldman.

I get what the screenwriters were trying to do (or more likely I'm giving them too much credit). They're trying to capture the sexual sadism of adolescent boys and emotionally naïveté of teenage girls. But they fail and fail in a big way. This kind of day in the life of a high school student requires perspective, something the filmmakers sorely lack, dwelling instead in the same ignorance and inexperience of the movie's main characters.

There are elements that could work for somebody more mature than the teens whom they purport to capture (a la American Pie, Wet Hot American Summer, and others). The three guys sitting around the library table discussing and googling various deviant sex acts is a scene that many American men can relate to (me included). Whereas better movies use this kind of sexual exploration in the context of heterosexual male bonding, Hooking Up uses them to glorify as "funny" acts and ideas that can only be characterized as misogynistic.

Seagulling, as the resident perv of this trio explains, is like bukkake but the person(s) ejaculated on are unwilling participants. You lurk on an unsuspecting couple and then pop up, pop on them, flap your arms like a seagull and then run like hell.

I'll explain the relevance, eventually.

To be continued

new dodos single with b-side

The title pretty much says it all.

A side - Don't Try and Hide It

B side - So Cold

Friday, November 18, 2011

top 5 for the week of 18 november 2011

1. valley of the giants - whaling tale

2. the decemberists - mariner's revenge song

3. jens lekman - i don't know what to do with this information (maida vale session)
Jens Lekman - 'I Don't Know What To Do With This Information' (Maida Vale Session) by stripeyjumper

4. florence + the machine - hurricane drunk

5. the depreciation guild - my chariot

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

that's not *my* prime directive

S3E20 'Through the Looking Glass' involves Miles "Smiley" O'Brien from the "evil universe" previously featured in S2E23's 'Crossover' breaking into the main universe and kidnapping Commander Sisko. Apparently, "evil" Ben is the leader of the Terran resistance (which also features other Federation races like the Vulcans) against the Alliance of the Cardassians, Klingons, and Bajorans. Apparently, Ben got himself killed trying to convince Jennifer[1], his very much alive and estranged wife, to quit developing a new sensor array for the Alliance that would collapse the resistance in a instant. Smiley kidnaps our Sisko to complete the mission that "evil" Ben couldn't.

Tuvok of the Voyager series is present[2] and vocal as a member of Ben's resistance. I had to look it up, and the Voyager series was just then getting started.

Without too many details (or spoilers), Ben manages to convince Jennifer to leave the Alliance. She knows, however, that this isn't the Ben she married; maybe because while he has the swagger he doesn't possess the same id or egocentric worldview. And then Smiley sends him home.

I'm sure it violates some variant or subparagraph of the Prime Directive, but he should have "hit that" one more time before going home. I mean, it's his wife that he hasn't seen in over 4 years in his universe. And it didn't seem like she wouldn't have been receptive to this version of Sisko. There has to be a "but she's my dead spouse and willing even though she knows I'm not from her timeline" exception clause. And even if there's not, Sisko already broke the rules by interfering to rescue Jennifer in the first place. In for a penny, in for a pound, they say. And Jennifer Sisko didn't seem like she would have minded giving him change[3].

[1] For those of you without the DS9 scorecard, Jennifer died before Sisko took command of Deep Space Nine (aka Terok Nor). She died when the USS Saratoga was attacked by the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359 before the series started.
[2] He isn't given a name, but the voice and mannerisms are very much Tuvok. I don't know if this is official canon but I'm going with it.
[3] Oh, bad pun. I'm sorry.

deadmau5 covers radiohead

So this guy...

...has decided to cover this guy...

...and unsurprisingly it's is awesome, haunting and beautiful. Enjoy Deadmau5 covering Radiohead's "Codex".

Radiohead - Codex (deadmau5 cover) by fuckmylife

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

jj chopped & screwed

Here's one of my favorite mixtapes of 2010, jj's Kills chopped and screwed. Strangely enough, I was just listening to the original tonight in the car. If you don't know what chopped and screwed is, you're obviously not from Texas. But I promise you you've heard it in your mainstream, top 40 hits.

Follow this link to download.

miles o'brien, intergalactic sex symbol

He's married to Japanese botanist Keiko O'Brien. In S1E19 "Duet" it's revealed that his Bajoran assistant Neela has a crush on him. And Cardassian scientist Gilora hits on him in S3E15 "Destiny", mistaking his irascibility for flirtation. Move over Kirk and Picard, apparently Chief of Operatons Miles O'Brien is the sexiest man in Starfleet. Who knew?

From the looks of it, Miles is as confused about it as I am.

Monday, November 14, 2011

new twin shadow track - changes

i'm checkin' out i'm listed M.I.A.

Sorry to be so quiet over the past several weeks. It's getting down to the end of the semester here at law school and so I've been preoccupied with school work. But on the agenda for this blog are:
  • a review of the documentary Sex + Money
  • my final commentary on Tiger & Bunny
  • some words about the UK's Human Trafficking Strategy announced over the summer
  • some information about a sex slave story out of China
  • a look at Chinese demography
  • the Singapore mom porn star
  • several more human trafficking stories
  • a discussion of the importance of the suspension of disbelief in scifi
  • why 90s space station scifi was better than the ship stuff
  • response to DS9 so far
  • a long overdue review of The Housemaid (2010)
  • anime series reviews including Aquarion, Claymore, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, and my most recent series Desert Punk
  • and at the end of the year I'll post a list of my favorite albums of 2011
So hold tight and I promise I'll be back soon.

top 5 for the week of 11 november 2011

Sorry this is coming out so late. It's the end of the Fall semester here in law school and things are getting quite hectic.

1. gauntlet hair - top bunk

2. veronica falls - found love in a graveyard

3. girls - my ma

4. twin sister - the other side of your face

5. memoryhouse - lately

Friday, November 4, 2011

top 5 for the week of 4 november 2011

1. girls - honey bunny

2. craft spells - the fog rose high

3. the dø - sex on fire (kings of leon cover)

4. cloud nothings - no future/no past
Cloud Nothings, "No Future/No Past" by The FADER

5. pepper rabbit - murder room